Rohit Sharma Still Not Ruled Out Of Australia Tour, Set To be Assessed On Sunday: BCCI

Updated - 31 Oct 2020, 04:39 PM

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Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma’s chances of making it to the tour of Australia is still not finished, according to reports. Earlier this week, the BCCI announced the ODI, T20I and Test squads for the tour and Rohit Sharma was not named in any of the three squads due to the hamstring injury he had sustained during the clash against Kings XI Punjab on October 18.

At the time of the squad announcement, the BCCI had also said that its medical team would continue to monitor the batsman’s injury. And just minutes after the squad announcement, Mumbai Indians confirmed that their captain has returned to training as they posted pictures and video of Rohit Sharma batting in the nets.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

At that time, it looked like Rohit Sharma’s injury was not serious and that he would return to action soon. And a BCCI functionary has given a promising update on the same, saying that the batsman is still in contention for the tour. The BCCI official also revealed that a medical team is set to assess the batsman’s injury on Sunday.

“Rohit will be assessed tomorrow and a call will be taken after that on whether he is good to go. As is the case with hamstring injuries, the real challenge is the sprints and the acceleration and deceleration process will be the focus to understand if he has recovered fully or will need a little more time,” the functionary told news agency ANI.

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Rohit Sharma during practice session. (Photo: Mumbai Indians)

Explaining the injury further, the official said:

“See, when you have a hamstring injury which isn’t a Grade II tear, you wouldn’t have a problem walking or playing normal shots. The area of concern is quick sprints or as you say running between the wickets.

“The hamstring muscles come into play when a person needs to suddenly run a quick single or needs to stop fast and turn at the non-striker’s end for a double. While you accelerate at the beginning of the sprint, you decelerate when you need to stop and turn. This is when the focus is 100 per cent on the functionality of the hamstring muscles. So, if you have recovered completely, you wouldn’t have an issue in either acceleration or deceleration,” he added.

The Indian team is set to reach Australia on November 12 and Rohit could still make the cut for the series if his injury shows signs of improvement in the days to come. India’s tour of Australia would start with the ODI leg on November 27. The four-match Test series, on the other hand, will start on December 17.

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